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Escobar, Angels relievers keep Blue Jays off scoreboard

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- Kelvim Escobar dominated his former team like no other pitcher has this season.

Escobar and two relievers combined on a four-hitter and Tim Salmon homered to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 3-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.

Toronto was shut out for the first time this season.

"They might be the hottest lineup in baseball right now and for us to get a game from Escobar like that, it's big for us," Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said. "He pitched a terrific game."

Escobar (4-2) allowed just three hits, while striking out six and walking two in 6 2/3 innings.

"That's as good as you can probably get right there," Toronto catcher Bengie Molina said.

Escobar appeared headed for his first shutout, but he left after Shea Hillenbrand lined a ball off his right leg for a hit in the seventh.

He doesn't think it will be a problem in his next start.

"It hit me pretty good. It got me above the ankle. My foot went numb right away and I couldn't continue," Escobar said. "I just have to ice it."

Scot Shields followed with 1 1/3 perfect innings and Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his ninth save in 10 chances.

Escobar spent seven seasons with Toronto before signing with the Angels after the 2003 season. He is 2-1 with a 1.35 ERA in three career starts against Toronto.

"I had fun here. It was my first team. It's always good to get a 'W' against your former team," Escobar said.

Salmon went 2-for-3 with an intentional walk in his first start in right field since July 25, 2004. He missed all of last season because of shoulder and knee injuries.

"Hey, I'm just thankful for anything that comes along these days. If it's DH-ing or pinch-hitting or playing the field once a month, I'll take it and enjoy it," Salmon said.

Salmon homered off Ted Lilly (3-2) in the fourth to give Los Angeles a 1-0 lead.

He entered the game in a 3-for-24 slump. The Angels had lost seven of their last eight because of a struggling offense.

Scioscia said Salmon likely won't play the outfield for some time.

"It make take him a month to recover, but we'll get him out there again if we get a chance," Scioscia said.

Lilly looked sharp but took the loss, allowing two runs and five hits in seven innings.

After walking Orlando Cabrera in the sixth, Lilly struck out Vladimir Guerrero before intentionally walking Salmon to face Robb Quinlan, who lined an RBI single into left field.

Cabrera walked again in the eighth and scored on Guerrero's RBI double.

Notes

  • Toronto manager John Gibbons said they might place C Gregg Zaun on the 15-day disabled list if he's too sore to play in the coming days. Zaun has a sore right calf. He began on the year on the DL with the injury.
  • Los Angeles left fielder Chone Figgins robbed Vernon Wells of a hit with a sliding catch in the seventh.
  • Figgins stole his 10th base of the season.
  • Toronto RHP Francisco Rosario pitched a scoreless eighth in his major league debut.
 
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Tim Salmon hits a solo HR, though the Angels fail to score more than three for the fifth time in six.  (AP)
Tim Salmon hits a solo HR, though the Angels fail to score more than three for the fifth time in six. (AP)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

K. Escobar
IP 6.2
H 3
ER 0
BB 2
K 6
Anaheim

T. Salmon
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, LF5000014 .281
Orlando Cabrera, SS2200202 .277
Vladimir Guerrero, DH4011011 .333
Tim Salmon, RF3121101 .274
    Casey Kotchman, 1B0000000 .164
Robb Quinlan, 1B-RF4011002 .290
Edgardo Alfonzo, 3B4000014 .114
Howie Kendrick, 2B4000020 .150
Mike Napoli, C3010110 .375
Tommy Murphy, CF3010110 .364
Totals323635714 
Batting
2B - Vladimir Guerrero (2, Speier)
HR - Tim Salmon (4, Lilly)
RBI - Vladimir Guerrero (28), Tim Salmon (6), Robb Quinlan (2)
2-OUT RBI - Robb Quinlan (1)
SB - Orlando Cabrera (7, 2nd base off Lilly/Molina), Tommy Murphy (1, 2nd base off Rosario/Molina)
CS - Robb Quinlan (1, 2nd base by Lilly/Molina)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Napoli-Kendrick, Cabrera-Kendrick-Kotchman
Los Angeles Angels
Kelvim Escobar (W,4-2) 6.2300260 2.78
Scot Shields (H,8) 1.1000000 1.02
Francisco Rodriguez (S,9) 1100000 2.84
WP - Kelvim Escobar (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Kelvim Escobar 93-57, Scot Shields 7-5, Francisco Rodriguez 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kelvim Escobar 7-6, Scot Shields 2-2, Francisco Rodriguez 1-1
Batters Faced - Kelvim Escobar 24, Scot Shields 4, Francisco Rodriguez 3
Toronto Blue Jays
Alex Rios, RF4010010 .396
Frank Catalanotto, LF4010021 .364
Vernon Wells, CF3000101 .367
Troy Glaus, 3B4000021 .275
Lyle Overbay, 1B2000100 .294
Shea Hillenbrand, DH3020000 .357
Bengie Molina, C3000003 .286
Russ Adams, SS3000010 .218
Aaron Hill, 2B2000000 .182
   a- Eric Hinske, PH1000000 .342
    John McDonald, 2B0000000 .242
Totals29040266 
a-flied out for Hill in the 8th
Batting
2B - Alex Rios (10, Escobar)
CS - Vernon Wells (3, 2nd base by Escobar/Napoli)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Molina-Hill
Toronto Blue Jays
Ted Lilly (L,3-2) 7522361 3.18
Justin Speier 1111100 1.42
Francisco Rosario 1000110 0.00
IBB - Salmon by Ted Lilly
Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 106-65, Justin Speier 16-10, Francisco Rosario 18-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 4-10, Justin Speier 1-2
Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 28, Justin Speier 5, Francisco Rosario 4
Game Information
Attendance - 29761
Game Time - 2:26
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Larry Young, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez